As I mentioned last month, I won’t be able to monetize my videos on youtube anymore. Monetization seems to be an option youtube wants to reserve for bigger more ambitions channels. I’ve always had mixed feelings about having ads on my videos, so to some extent, this is actually a bit of a relief. On the other hand, it was nice to make a little money from my videos and nice to think of “views” as adding slightly to my income. But such is life. I’m happy to be rolling free and clear of ads. With the help of some savvy facebook friends, I was able to ad this paragraph to the descriptions on all of my videos at once:
I hope this video has been helpful to you or touched you in some way that leaves you a little better off for having watched it. This is not a big time channel and I have no plans for it to become one. I’m too small to have ads on my videos and I’ve always had mixed feelings about them anyway. If you would like to support and encourage what I do here, you can make a donation to me directly via paypal. No donation is too small, (or too big!) and all donations are very much appreciated. https://www.paypal.me/GeneBurnett
We will see if I get any donations. ;~)
Meanwhile, I’m 4 or 5 songs into my next album project. I hope to have another 10 written in the next several months and record in the fall as I’ve been doing in recent years.
Winter came kind of late to the Rogue Valley this year. We’re finally getting a bit of rain and snow after a pretty dry and warm-ish spell. We’re still in a bit of a drought but it’s getting better. It was pretty convenient for a while there because the city was doing some renovations on the bandshell where I usually teach and I had to teach elsewhere with either less rain protection or less space. For the few months that they renovated, it hardly rained at all and I was able to teach in a pretty workable location. I only had to go into the dry but less spacious place a couple of times. Now that they’re done with the bandshell, it’s started to rain again. So lucky me. I’m thoroughly enjoying both my T’ai-Chi and Non-Classical Gung-Fu training as well as teaching T’ai-Chi. Balance is so important in life, especially as we get older, and it’s a pleasure to help people with this basic skill, whether they’re interested in the martial side of the art or not.
*A heads up for next month: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018: “6th Annual Songs About Fools & Foolishness”
The only rules of this Hack Circle:
1. You’ve got to use your feet to keep the sack in the air and off the ground. No hands! (10 voluntary pushups if you do)
2. If you miss or otherwise screw up, you can’t say, “I’m Sorry.” (10 voluntary pushups if you do)
3. No serving to yourself. (10 voluntary pushups if you do)
4. No hotdogging. Meaning this is not about how many tricks you can do before the sack hits the ground, and it’s not about working obsessively on tricks. Tricks are fine but in general, we want to keep the hack going as a friendly group and keep everyone involved.
See you at Caldera rain or shine. The overpass provides shelter from the rain and once the circle gets going, you’ll be plenty warm regardless of the weather.